The Big Shot (1942)


“When a thing stinks, it stinks. ” – Duke

Number of Times Seen – 1 (24 Nov 2019)

Brief Synopsis – A convict just released from prison is given the opportunity to partake in a robbery, but he doesn’t want to get involved out of the fear of getting caught again.

My Take on it – This is another Humphrey Bogart film that I came across while trying to watch more of his films.

His performance in this film isn’t as powerful as some of his later and more popular works and that takes away from the impact of this film since it is usually expected when watching him onscreen.

The story itself is fine and stays enjoyable throughout as the thrills are played out in normal way, as opposed to suspenseful way.

Some of the scenes are overplayed in a dramatic fashion which also hurts the impact of things a bit.

The story does have a few nice twists and turns along the way that allow us to learn more about the true personalities of some of these characters as they must learn to adapt to the situations around them.

The overall premise of this film tho is somewhat mediocre and fails to find a way to seem more compelling or thrilling in the way that things are presented throughout.

Bogart’s chemistry with Irene Manning, who plays his love interest in unfortunately almost non existent and it makes one wonder how these characters are suppose to be past lovers.

Bottom Line – Bogart is fine in this film, but his character’s personality isn’t as powerful as we have come to expect from him. The story itself is enjoyable and thrilling but certain aspects are played out too dramatically which take away from the impact of things. The story does have some nice twists and turns along the way which help show some of the characters true nature as they must try and decide how to act and react in certain situations.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – During the exciting chase on snow and icy road towards the end, we see the pursuing police on motorbikes through the rear window of Duke’s car, shooting bullets through the glass. However, during a quick series of exterior and interior cuts, the motorbikes disappear and then quickly reappear on one occasion. (From IMDB)

Rating – BAFTA Worthy (5/10)

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